Lots of people are scratching their heads, wondering what happened to our cold, wintry weather. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, this is the second warmest fall on record.
But the lack of cold and snow is benefiting some northwest metro cities.
"You never know what kind of season you're going to get," said Crystal Street Supervisor Mark Gaulke.
With only had one significant snowfall this season, the salt supply is plentiful at the Crystal public works facility.
"We've been out say one and half times of salting," said Gaulke.
Lack of snow means cold, cash savings for the city.
"Not having to salt in December, I'd say probably $8,000 dollars, just on salt, that doesn't include man hours," said Gaulke.
Gaulke adds the less cash he spends to buy salt for next year, the more money he has to purchase asphalt to fix the streets.
But once the snow finally arrives, Crystal officials say they'll be ready. New equipment is helping them to get plows onto the streets faster. A new lift machine is making it easier to attach snow equipment. The device can hold 75,000 pounds, including a heavy snow plow.
"The under body plows which used to take 45 minutes to change, we can now do them in 15 minutes," said Gaulke. "In the past, crews had to get under the vehicles to work on them."
"It could snow right now, we're ready," said Gaulke.
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